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I’ve found myself using the phrase, ‘In the new world’, quite frequently in the last few weeks. There’s a lot of change going on in life just now so trying to accept and prepare for how things may be in the future, hence my ‘in the new world’ phrase, can be difficult.

That’s why I’m very grateful for God’s presence in my life in these days. As although life ‘In the new world’ and what that may mean for me, is still very uncertain, I do feel reassured that God has my future under control, because I know he has already planned my future.

If we trust in God, whatever our ‘new world’ or future holds, we can be assured that we are in His hands.

Blind?

Posted: June 13, 2019 in Uncategorized
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When we see people in need, whether they be friends, acquaintances or strangers, do you

  1. Stop and speak to them and ask if you can help.
  2. Stop and ask them if they’re ok, and even if they say they are, ask them what is wrong.
  3. Keep walking passed them, and look the other way.

We all live such busy lives these days, and we all have our own concerns or problems to deal with. However we know there are other around us who are in greater need than ourselves, and maybe have no-one to turn to for help, so surely as Christians we must reach out to those we see who are in need?

Even if we choose to ignore those around us who are in need, doesn’t mean they will ‘go away’. In fact it simply tells us, and God, more about the person we are. Is that the person you want to be?

In the first part of this blog post (At the heart of life #1) I spoke about how the heart is an important organ in our body to keep us alive and functioning. Today I want to continue to talk about the heart, but this time about how important the heart is in our relationship with God.

There are many bible verses about how our heart is so important in our relationship with God.

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.  ~ Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. ~ Psalm 73:26 (NLT)

“I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous! ~ John 14:27 (TPT)

God wants us to give Him our heart – Yesterday we discovered that the heart is one of the most important organs in our body, so it should be no surprise to us that God considers our heart to be so important in our relationship with Him. If we don’t give him our all – all our feels and emotions, which come from our heart, how can we truly say we’ve given our all to God?

When our heart is full of God’s love, we are capable of anything because God is in control. So give God your heart and He can give you the love and strength to get through any situation or circumstances. Let God be your guide and strength by giving him your heart today.

It’s amazing

Posted: March 1, 2018 in bible, life, love, music, quotes, religion, Uncategorized
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God’s love is amazing isn’t it?

Our God is a God of love. He cannot stop loving us, for His very nature is love itself. He is love personified, and although sometimes it’s hard to comprehend or understand what kind of love is this that He has for us, we all will know that the love of God is all we need.

Here is a bible verse that speaks of God’s amazing love for all of us.

1 John 3:1 – “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!”

Ever got to a point with something, or someone, where you feel like you’re getting no-where, not getting the respect or recognition you feel you are worthy of, or you feel no-one would even notice if you didn’t turn up any more? Do you feel like quitting the task, event or even life, when you feel like this?

Even if this is how you feel, the good news is, that…

Our quitting point is God’s beginning point. ~ Woodrow Kroll

No matter how bad or how low we may feel, God is still there for us, and He will get us out of our darkest times, we simply must believe.

If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. ~ Matthew 5:46-48 (The Message)

God expects us to love everyone, even those who we may think are unloveable. We won’t get a reward if we love everyone, nor should we expect one, as if we love everyone, we are simply doing God’s will.

So no matter how difficult if may be to love everyone you come into contact with, ask God to help you see the good in each of them.

I wonder what it feels like to have no faith:

…to think death is the end, as there’s no afterlife.

…when life gets tough, thinking there is no hope.

…to feel like you’re on your own, with no-on ever looking out for you.

I’m glad I can’t imagine what those situations feel like, because I do believe God exists and that Jesus is my Saviour.

If any of those situations sound familiar to you, I urge you today to come to God and give Him your life and your all.

We all glibly say ‘I hate such-and-such’ when we fall out with someone or dislike something.

We hear children saying ‘I hate you’ when they’re angry or annoyed that they haven’t got their own way.

 In reality in both these scenarios what we really mean is we ‘dislike’ someone or something. Hatred is such a strong powerful word that means intense dislike or abhorrence. I.e. Not ‘I’m just not very keen on something.

How many times have you said you hate something or someone? Did you really mean ‘hate’?

I think you’d agree that most people do not really ‘hate’ anyone. We may dislike them but we don’t really hate them. Hatred suggests we are completely opposed to a persons standards or ethics, we disagree with their beliefs or religion and that we simply despise them just because they are different from us.

I don’t know about you, but that’s not the kind of person I want be. Sadly there are many in our world today who do actually hate others, and will do absolutely anything to ensure others know they hate them.

Let’s pray for peace, and an end to hatred in this world we live in. It’s become a very dark and unwelcoming place to live. However there is still a ray of hope and light trying to burst through, and that is God’s love for us. We must therefore spread that light in this world so that the darkness can be eradicated, and there is an end to hatred and war.

Why do opportunities not come with big signs on them, so it’s obvious they are opportunities!

Opportunities don’t just fall into our laps, we have to identify them and then put the work in to grab the opportunity, even if that means we have to work hard to achieve it.

Prayer isn’t something we do with our eyes closed; we pray with our eyes wide-open. Prayer isn’t a sentence that begins with “Dear Jesus” and ends with “Amen.” In fact, the best prayer doesn’t even involve words at all; the best prayer is a life well lived. All of life is meant to be a prayer, just as all of life is meant to be an act of worship.

The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

Are your eyes wide open?

Are you living your life as an act of worship?